October 2019 was the first time that nearly half of loan originations were refinance. According to an article on MortgageNewsDaily.com, continuing lower interest rates are driving the refinance market.
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Residential Real Estate prices are on the rise according to many news sources. In a HousingWire.com article they reference Redfin data: “Redfin’s data also determined that only 6 of the 85 largest metros saw a year-over-year decline in their median sale price.”
Increased residential property values combined with the lowest mortgage interest rates since October 2016 has driven a Refinance Boom. The increase in residential prices has slowed the purchase market some, but when combined with the low interest rates it has opened a great opportunity for those homeowners who can benefit from a refinance.
Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) hit a record high in July 2019, according to an article on FannieMae.com. They state that the increase results from “Confidence About Not Losing Job” as well as other factors.
Debates about the future of our national economy have always involved many different viewpoints and opinions. Economic advisors and experts build their opinions on a variety of factors, and it is interesting to read their diverse projections. One thing they cannot debate is the fact that our nation has had a decade of low interest rates.
If you purchased a home in the 80’s it likely included a double-digit mortgage interest rate. According to an article on ValuePenguin.com “over the past 48 years, interest rates on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage have ranged from as high as 18.63% in 1981 to as low as 3.31% in 2012.” You can read the complete article including historical graphs here:
Many key factors affect mortgage rates, with global financial market trends leading the indicators. Rates dropped quickly this week according to this article: Mortgage Rates Drop Quickly as Market Panic Sets In, written by Matthew Graham, dated May 23, 2019.
What makes a residential property interesting to you may be quite different than what makes a property interesting to your friends, family, neighbor or co-worker. We aren’t talking about your typical home, we’re talking about uniquely interesting homes. Maybe who owns it or owned it makes it interesting, like the homes of the rich and famous. Maybe the original architect is notorious. Or maybe there is some other surprise that makes a home unique.